Indo-Bhutan friendship rally with the participants from both the countries leaves Guwahati on Thursday for the culminating point in Thimphu in Bhutan after covering an area of around 2000 kilomtre across Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The rally is organized by the International Friendship Car Rally Association, Dirang, West Kameng district and sponsored by department of tourism of Arunachal Pradesh government, car manufacturing companies – Hyndai and Nissan. The route followed was Itanagar – Basar – Mechuka – Basar – Itanagar – Guwahati – Phuentsoling and culminated at Thimpu on 28th November 2017. A total of seventeen cars are in the rally.
Arunachal Pradesh governor Brigadier BD Mishra (Retd) flagged off the second edition of Indo – Bhutan Friendship Car Rally 2017 at Itanagar on November 21. The total length of the rally will be around 2400 kilomtre.
World record holder mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa who is leading the Indian team said that it’s a great initiative to build better relationship between both the neighbouring countries in many aspects including tourism.
“It was a great experience to lead the team. Initiatives like this were meant to better the relationship between India and Bhutan. The people to people connectivity is always important for better relationship between the nations…,” said Jamsenpa.
She said though they were supposed to reach the culminating point on November 28 but due to several bandhs which they faced on their journey has delayed their journey.
“We hopefully will reach the destination in the next couple of days. The frequent road blockades and strikes have halted our journey. I think this is one of the reasons why our tourism industry suffers,” said Jamsenpa.
The other members in the team are Duyu Tamo, managing director of Duyu Tour and Travels, Juri Kalita, Taram, Tashi Tsomu, Biplab Jyoti Doley, Bitopan Kashyap, Priyanku Brush, Kimangshu Sharma and P Vashamo and Ravoalo Slam.
The Bhutan team is led by Karma Lhatrul Dorji Rinpoche. The team includes Jigme Wangchuk, Kinga, Sonam Dorji, Kuenzang Wangchuk, Khandu Om, Khandu and Nim Dem.